Ep. 1530: Google's Got Game Video
Ep. 1530: Google's Got Game Video Transcript
AT&T has a MiFi to call its own, a Japanese vending machine uses facial recognition to sell you a soda, and the makers of FarmVille are set to launch CityVille, a social game that lets you build a metropolis of your own.
Google's photo management app Picasa gets a number of new features in version 3.5, including facial recognition.
Netflix shares up amid buyout rumors; Google+ asks for face-recognition permission; a new video game is a billion-dollar blockbuster; and Angry Birds comes to the playground.
Facebook creeps out the world (again) with facial recognition tagging, Nintendo wins E3, and Apple gets into the cloud ... kind of.
Facebook just might announce a phone tailored for social-network addicts, Path is launching a subscription service, and the Ouya console leads a new era of gaming.
Google and Microsoft continue their highly public patent-related catfight, which is either raising awareness of the issue of overbroad software patents or just turning into an embarrassing public battle that's making us all uncomfortable. Also, facial recognition is a trap, and security researchers are rushing to unveil the real Shady Rat. Plus: Computer Love!
In an interview with Beet.tv's Andy Plesser, Google's director of product management for consumer search properties, R.J. Pittman, discusses the search giant's development of software for facial recognition and scene analysis.
Facebook launches automatic facial recognition for photo tagging, Google releases Chrome 12 to the masses, and Nintendo announces its next-generation console, now called the Wii U.
On today's show, we premiere our new Friday segment, "Computer Love." We think you're really going to love it. But also, the Wikileaks aftermath is raising many more serious concerns about free speech issues than we ever expected -- it's a morally ambiguous world we live in. Google's trying to make nice with rights-holders because they've been bullied into submission by our growing intellectual property police state. And the missed connection success stories just come rolling in. --Molly
GameStop acquires the social-gaming site Kongregate, Amazon can suggest gift ideas for your Facebook friends, and Google may be working on a social network for gaming.